Objections to Quadri Signatures Filed

Today was the first day to file objections to candidate nominating petitions.  As expected, signatures filed in behalf of Zehra Quadri have been challenged.

The objector is Abdul Rehman Shaikh, a petition circulator for Majid Mustafa, the only one of the four 50th Ward aldermanic candidates who does not yet have a campaign committee. Forgive me for asking  how his operation is being funded.

The point of objections to petition signatures is to harass other candidates, forcing them to spend precious campaign dollars on legal help to get on the ballot.

You may have heard that Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle planned to object  to 14,000 petition signatures for fellow mayoral candidate Susana Mendoza.  Former 50th Ward aldermanic candidate Shajan Kuriakose is one of the objectors to Mendoza’s petitions. He’s also filed objections to signatures for Lori Lightfoot, another Preckwinkle target. And he’s filed objections to signatures for two little known candidates for mayor, Catherine Brown D’Tycoon and Conrein Hykes Clark. Busy man.

I wish candidates had the guts to file their own objections. This business of hiding behind surrogates doesn’t fool anyone.

The dates for the challenges to be heard have not yet been determined. Stay tuned.



Resident Service Fairs

The City of Chicago is sponsoring four Resident Service Fairs, opportunities for residents to learn about and gain access to community services such as programs for youth and seniors, job training, and the City’s new Home Buyer Assistance Program. This article from The Beverly Review provides a solid overview of this program as well as a link to the City’s “Choose to Own” program offered to Section 8 voucher recipients through the Chicago Housing Authority.

Only one fair has been scheduled for the City’s North Side. It will be held at Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N. Naragansett Avenue, on Saturday, April 2, from 10:00 a.m.  until 2:00 p.m.